Recycling & Packaging

Oyster shells can be reused in the following ways:

  • Wash the cupped shells and use them for salt and pepper holders on your table.
  • Make candles using the shell as a vessel for the wax.
  • Wash the top shell (flat) and use as table place names at events and weddings
  • Boil the used shells to sterilise them before crushing them up for chickens to eat to help them make their egg shells strong whilst helping the birds build strong and healthy bone structures.
  • In your garden, oyster shell can be used as an alternative to lime. It is composed of calcium carbonate, which is an alkali, and therefore raises the pH of the soil, increasing the plant’s ability to take up other micronutrients such as zinc, iron and manganese.
  • Crushed oyster shells can help keep slugs at bay if you sprinkle crushed shells around the base of your plants. The shells act as an awkward wall which slugs and snails usually cannot be bothered to cross.
  • If you can get your shells back to the oyster farmer/fisherman, they will bleach them in the sun for months before returning them to the water to encourage oyster restoration.
  • Fill in any pot holes with your old shells. Did you know, many rural coastal roads/tracks are comprised of crushed up old shell? Even Poole high street was built on crushed up shells.


  • Wooden oyster boxes can be recycled at your local refuse and recycling centre
  • Wooden oyster boxes make for great utility boxes in the house or garden. You can even pot plants in them!
  • Polystyrene should always be reused. They make for great cool boxes on camping trips and weekend festivals. Please, please, please avoid sending them to landfill if you can.
  • Ice packs can be stored in your freezer to be reused with the polystyrene cool box, soothing a sore arm, chilling food forever in your fridge.

Shucker Club strive to source the freshest and best food for our customers and the packaging has been selected by our producers to keep your food fresh on arrival.